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New temporary school planned for East Leake ahead of new facility

The creation of a temporary school is likely to be given planning consent in East Leake ahead of the construction of a new, permanent primary school.

Rushcliffe Borough Council has recommended councillors approve the plans, on land off Rempstone Road, to accommodate 120 children from September next year.

The temporary ‘education village’, located on land at the new housing development on the same road, will be used for 12 months and will come at the time construction begins on the new East Leake primary school.

It comes as part of Nottinghamshire County Council’s plans to expand education provision in the village, with a new 210-place free school expected to open in September 2023.

Earlier this year, the county council confirmed the new primary school will become part of the Spencer Academies Trust once it is open.

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The site will also be based on the Rempstone Road development, initially offering the 210 places plus an additional 26-place nursery.

Members of Rushcliffe Borough Council’s planning committee will vote on whether to allow the temporary education village to be built when it meets on November 11.

Documents published ahead of the meeting state: “Nottinghamshire County Council state there is an educational requirement for a new primary school at East Leake.

“This is to be satisfied by the permanent provision of a new school. Outline [permission] was approved earlier this year.

“The educational need for pupil places is required from September 2022, by which time the permanent school is expected to be under construction but will not be complete.

“[The] completion is anticipated for opening September 2023. In the interim period, the school place demand is proposed to be met with a temporary school learning village to provide education for up to 120 pupils, anticipated to be open in September 2022.”

The documents add the school will include an access road and permanent access path, both of which would be lit.

The temporary site will also feature areas of soft play, canopies and car parking.

Whilst the temporary site is in use, construction will be under way on the permanent new free school.

The Government approved Spencer Academies Trust to oversee and control the school once it is complete, with the trust consulting on designs and agreeing a curriculum “which reflects local values”.

Councillor Tracey Taylor, chairman of the county council’s children and young people’s committee, said: “We are committed to ensuring sufficient educational provision for children in Nottinghamshire and creating additional school places where needed.

“Our aim is to ensure that all Nottinghamshire children have access to the best education and the opportunity to succeed.”

A community group will be set up in Rushcliffe to share its views on the school’s development.

It will support the integration of the primary school into Rushcliffe’s network of existing sites, many of which are rated good and outstanding by Ofsted.

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